OTA is the acronym for Over-the-Air.
The transmission of television signals through the airwaves using radio frequency waves. Television channels are broadcast and received without a cable or satellite subscription. Viewers can access OTA broadcasts by using an antenna, often referred to as an OTA antenna or TV antenna, to capture these signals.
OTA broadcasts typically include local channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and other regional or community-based channels. These channels are transmitted for free, and viewers with a compatible television and antenna can receive and watch them without incurring any subscription fees.
OTA broadcasting provides an alternative to cable or satellite TV services. It is particularly popular among individuals who want access to local news, sports, and programming without the cost of a paid TV service. It’s a cost-effective way to enjoy television content in areas with strong OTA signal coverage.
- Abbreviation: OTA